There had been talk that Texas would make a decision on head coach Mack Brown in the next two weeks. According to a report from Bobby Burton from College Football 24/7, that decision may come in the next 48 hours. The Longhorns have a new athletic director in Steve Patterson, who may want to make his own impact on the program and hire his own head coach.
After a 1-2 start out of the gate, the vultures have been circling over Brown’s head waiting for him to be fired or forced into retirement. The fact that Brown has rallied the Longhorns to an 8-4 season has had commentators on and off the idea of moving on from Brown, but the vast majority seem to believe it is a forgone conclusion the job will be opening up shortly.
The problem for Brown is not what he is not doing in Austin; rather what teams are doing in the state of Texas around him. Baylor won the Big XII with an 11-1 record and are headed to the Fiesta Bowl. Texas A&M actually finished with the exact same record as Texas, but there is more positive energy surrounding Kevin Sumlin and what is going on around College Station including the expansion of their stadium.
The perception is Texas is not the top program in the state, let alone one of the best in the country. For a team that demands it be working towards a national title on a yearly basis, the drop off for Brown is unacceptable. Those expectations may not be realistic, but it is Texas.